Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Making Plans

Weston will be 8 months old next week! Where has the time gone?

Meanwhile, I have been busy making all the plans that will help us make the work/childcare transition. While it makes my heart ache to have to leave him, I count myself extremely lucky that I have the full year off with him.

Here is the good news: I found a home day care! It is half a block away from us, the home is immaculate and the child area in the basement is wonderful.  I will be paying to hold the spot until mid October or November (depending on when I choose to head back).

I am also trying to figure out what work arrangement would be best for us and how we can flex our schedules to allow for pick up and drop off. It is also in the back of my mind that we need to start planing fast and easy dinners. I am a horrible meal planner. We rarely eat together because one of us is always on the run and I really don't want that to be Weston's normal.

I have been finding a lot of inspiration from Mayim Bialik's cook book and her easy solutions for children. On that note, we also told the day home provider that we plan to raise Weston vegetarian and she was so accommodating.  That is another stress lifted.

The additional pro of the day home being so close to us, is we can continue with our plans to run home for pick up.  We found out this month that J is likely losing his subsidized parking spot downtown so we will need to make alternate arrangements.  While we don't drive at the moment, we had been keeping it as an option in case we had to drive Westie to his day care.  There are some major road works that will continue for two years (ugh!) so running home is actually the easiest commuting option. It is a ~6k run for me and 7 for J. I probably have the even faster route since I don't have to get through any of the downtown traffic lights.

I also see this as the best way to fit in any sort of exercising when I am back at work. I am not prepared to give up evenings with Westie and I don't think lunch time workouts will be an option.

Any tips to share on how to plan for the return to work are most welcome!

Sunday, 8 June 2014

7 months!

A couple of days late on this one, but that is because seven months old keeps me soooo busy!

I think you are over 18 pounds now. You are almost too heavy for mommy to carry you in your car seat.

You still have Aunty's grey eyes. People think you look like your dad but I see so much of Aunty in you it is crazy.

You are pretty much crawling now or finding some way to scoot around the room. You get frustrated on your hands and knees and seem to want to crawl in a downward dog position. I try to help you but that tends to make you even more impatient ; )

You are still sleeping well. You go to bed at seven and wake up at seven (plus the nighttime wakings but I am treasuring our quiet moments at night before they are gone).

You still have just the two teeth but boy are they sharp!

You finally decided to take a sippy cup. It is a green and white plastic one from Ikea that was $1.50.  You sure have your tastes.

You know a lot of consonants now! Da da, ma ma, and gurgling too.

You still love our walks and sitting outside.  Sometimes I move the exersaucer outside too so you can twist and turn and watch everything going on about you. 

You are a great swimmer! You can dunk under the water, front float and back float. It is my favourite way to spend a Sunday morning.

Your favourite rhyme at Intellidance is the washing machine.  Twist, twist twist in our washing machine!

Love you so so much!

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Adventures in Baby Food Making

Weston has been eating solids for a little while now so I thought I would take a moment to share how that is going.  He is generally a really good eater. He hasn't turned his nose up anything with the exception of prunes. I can't say I blame him.

In the month and a half he has had solids he hasn't has anything non-organic. Something I really hope we can keep up.

His daily menu goes something like this:

  • breakfast - 3T of fruits and/or vegetables
  • lunch - 3T of fruits and/or vegetables
  • dinner - 3tbs iron fortified cereal with water/almond milk or pumped milk.
The iron fortified cereal is very important right now because we aren't introducing meats. He has had egg yolk however and he really likes lightly curried lentils.

There are some really solid organic baby food products out there right now and we tend to use the pouches as a way to introduce new foods that we don't usually have on hand (like mangosteen) or fruits that require careful straining.  These are our tried and true brands:
  • Baby Gourmet
  • PC organics
  • Plum organics
  • Ella's Kitchen
  • Earth's Best

I generally stock up when they are on sale. $1.25 per pouch and $.79 per jar are pretty decent deals. 

To prep Weston's foods I steam it in a silicone steam basket and then puree it in our mini mixer which does the trick. If you need a finer puree you will probably need to use your blender.  Soft foods like avocado, egg yolk and banana are mashed with a fork.

I have been pureeing only single vegetable and fruits at a time and then mixing them later so that we aren't stuck with 24 cubes of the same thing. For some fruits I just steam them and cut them in small chunks (e.g. apples and pears).  All the fruits and vegetables are organic and either whole and fresh (sweet potatoes) or frozen (peas and mango because I hate peeling mangos!).

To store his food I freeze it in ice cube trays and then in marked freezer bags, use mason jars for 2-3 days depending on the puree, or add a little lemon juice to steamed fruits and pack them in his eat and go serving bowls.

I also attended a baby led weaning class that put me at ease about the complicates messages surrounding when to introduce foods. For the first couple of weeks I tracked things on an excel sheet but now we are way more laid back. I also let him taste small pieces of what we are eating. Tomatoes and cucumber are some of his favourites.

So that's it in a nutshell. Introducing solids is probably my favourite baby event to date because I love to watch his reaction when he tries a new food. Oh and they say if your little refuses a food on the first try, try again later. This was definitely the case with bananas for us!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Busy Bees

I apologize for the lack of posts. I have no good excuses other than we have been soaking up this blissful springtime weather.

My parents have been here for 5 days and it has been a blast watching them get to know Weston again. They leave today, and I have been told there are no tears allowed.

On the injury front, I am feeling so much stronger! I also just signed up for this mummy tummy ab challenge designed specifically for post partum women. It starts Monday.  I have been going to spin class every Saturday morning at 8:15 am and I am loving it. I am running 2-3 times a week now and I am ok with that. I have been talking to a lot of moms lately about the transition back to exercise and I am allowing myself to be more flexible and forgiving.

Our basement reno's are finally finished and work on the backyard started this week.  By mid July we should have a full finished home!!

I am also busily planning for our camping trip in July. Yes, it is only two nights but I am pretty anxious about camping with a baby. Where will he sleep, will he be warm enough, will we derail his sleep schedule.

Here is what I think we will need so far:

  • A pack n play or playard of some sort
  • Mosquito net to cover the pack n play
  • A large umbrella
  • A large tarp
  • Bottled water for his sippy cups
  • A bucket for baths
  • Baby bug spray (I am still on the search for a good one!)
  • Towels
  • A night light for the tent 
  • The baby ergo carrier 
If you have tips on camping with a baby please send them my way!

Enjoy the sunshine!